Works and Process on falling in love, with etoiles from Paris Opera Ballethttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/ballet/emotion-motion-disconnected/800/
Osta and Ganio performed duets from Giselle,Emeralds, and Caligula in between the 15-minute lecture parcels. Each presumably stood for a different type of love. Giselle represented young, passionate love through Coralli/Perrot’s hyperclassical steps—although Osta’s Giselle, lovely gentle arms aside—could have used more youthful vim. Balanchine’s perfumy Emeraldsshowed us mature, enduring love as sure as the passing of time, seen in the repeated ticking motifs. (Coincidentally, New York City Ballet is presenting Jewels Feb 25-28 to close out its winter season.) And Caligula should have presented impossible love—the emperor’s obsession with the moon—but any emotional effect was blunted by Nicolas Le Riche’s unfocused amalgam of classical and modern steps to an oddly bright Vivaldi score. This segment did offer a bonus—seeing Ganio’s well-formed legs and feet encased in gold, beribboned slippers.